As I've mentioned in a previous blog, one of the impressive things about EVE is it's community. At the risk of sounding elitist, I think the nature and depth of EVE is more likely to attract the interest of the more intelligent, mature gamer. The kind who have the patience to read books, hold a good conversation and communicate an opinion. EVE is certainly not for the ADHD-suffering console-monkey generation, but they still have money, which is why CCP is making DUST 514.
I'd be interested to know exactly what the relationship is between EVE players and the wider videogames playing demographic. I suspect it'll certainly be older gamers - I'd be surprised if there are many EVE players of school age. Although I enjoyed playing Elite at the age of 10 so I could be made to eat my words.
Anyway, I digress. One benefit of having a literate and articulate player-base is the wealth of reading material available. There is no shortage of well-written guides, vibrant forums and (finally getting to the point of this post) captivating blogs.
In truth, despite playing EVE for some time, for me the blogging community lay undiscovered until I upgraded to an iPhone. The Capsuleer app instantly gave me access to articles written by the EVE blogpack, a selection of some of the more popular EVE-related blogs, piped straight into the application. I found reading the posts a great way to see how others play EVE and to learn from them. They were also incredibly addictive and not frequent enough for my liking, to the point of cursing those lazy bloggers when the application refresh button refused to yield any new unread posts. So I went in search of more.
I wasn't disappointed. It seems the EVE blogging community ring-master was one Crazy Kinux who has taken the time to compile an exhaustive list of all blogs EVEish on his site Crazy Kinux's Musings - blogroll (460 sites and counting). Good work fella.
Not content with just reading, I decided to dip my toe in the blogging pond and am glad I did. Early on I think I was writing for a readership of me, myself and I, but a special thank you has to go to Rettic of Rettic's Log: The Chronofile, whose position in the Blog Pack gave my site some much needed publicity when he mentioned one of my articles. Cheers dude.
I've also enjoyed reading Mike Azariah's blog after hearing him appear on Planet Risk's CSM debate podcast. Mike has a great writing style, weaving in-game events and experiences into a fictional narrative. My entire corp (of 4 pilots) voted for him in the CSM elections and was disappointed that he never got in.
Spectre3353's blog, EVE Newb, is always entertaining and I think he's become my favourite EVE sociopath. I wait with baited breath to see how his recent neighbourly dispute pans out. I think I may even have had the privilege of having been podded by him once when I made the naive error of attempting a mission in low-sec space whilst flying a PvE-fit Drake. Thank you for the lesson, you scoundrel.
There are many, many more great reads out there, but rather than list them here it makes more sense to visit CK's library of blogging goodness.
Edit: Thanks to Ga'len, the Wandering Druid of Tranquility for these additional blog-seeking resources;
EVEbloggers.com OPML download
Labels: blog pack, bloggeratti, blogs, commentary, Crazy Kinux, Mike Azariah, Planet Risk, Rettic, Spectre